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ERIC Number: ED172551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
The Effects of Sentence Imitation and Picture Verification on the Recall of Subsequent Digits. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 1.
Scholes, Robert J.; And Others
The effects of sentence imitation and picture verification on the recall of subsequent digits were studied. Stimuli consisted of 20 sentences, each sentence followed by a string of five digit names, and five structural types of sentences were presented. Subjects were instructed to listen to the sentence and digit string and then either immediately repeat the whole sequence or to indicate comprehension of the sentence by pointing to an appropriate picture and then to repeat the digit string. It was found that across all five sentence types digit recall was superior in the picture verification condition. There is a clear and consistent indication that the act of vocal repetition of a sentence provides a greater degree of interference in the digit recall than a simple verification of comprehension. The absence of sentence-type ordering suggests that the effect of sentence complexity on digit recall must be assigned to the regeneration phase of the imitation task. (SW)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Language Research, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Linguistic Theory, Memory, Recall (Psychology), Retention (Psychology), Sentence Structure
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.